I dont want to take steroids so wondered has anyone found alternative treatments or diet changes that have helped..if so what were they... thank you
Polymyalgia Rheumatica -are there any alternative treatments?
- 21 Apr 2015 by pollymeme
- 6 September 2015
- polymyalgia rheumatica
My name is Pam, I am 63 and probably have PMR. I have been getting increasingly stiff especially hips (after getting out of a car, in and out of tub). Since Dec. I have pain and restricted mov't in upper arms - achy feeling sometimes spreads to shoulders and across back. It's difficult to comb my hair especially in AM. I have woken up every hour or 2 at night for 63 days - probably when I move in my sleep the pain wakes me up - I use a heated magic bag or a spray on my arms that dulls the pain.
I do not want to take prednisone and because my tests are normal my Dr. is OK with that. I have gone on a 2 week green drinks only cleanse, I use a lot of oil - Udos 3 6 9, Vita D, fish oil
i make an anti inflammatory drink from turmeric (and ginger, honey coconut oil and flax milk)
I go for a walk every day and I like to dance. i find I have little strength in my arms and it hurts to use them (eg cutting carrots, pulling up the blankets, ) but I do what I can. washing dishes is OK I think the heat helps
i have a hot shower or epsom salt bath morning and night.
I still have pain and stiffness. i have recently had 2 nights where I have slept for 3 or 4 hours before waking. I think I am improving a bit - my arms arent quite as painful or stiff. I hope this helps.
Oh I have also had several acupunture treatments and I go for monthly massage
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